Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | October 24th, 2017 | Appetizers, Garnishes, Recipes
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pumpkin spice walnutsIt’s October, and the entire world is obsessed with pumpkin spice. Or at least so it seems. I happen to not be one of those people. I don’t want pumpkin spice coffee or cereal. Sure, I like pumpkin bread and pancakes, but I’m open-minded. I’ll eat them year ’round, not just when the leaves turn colors.

However, we are covering pumpkins this week on Think Tasty. As I began to think about new pumpkin recipes, I was also working on my Autumn-Inspired Salad. It had savory squash and sweet cranberries, what it needed was a bit of crunch. I thought about using pumpkin seeds but wanted something different. That’s when I decided that a flavored walnut would be the best option.

So, why not jump into the pumpkin spice excitement and fall somewhat within the lines of a pumpkin recipe? I figured if I played with the spices in my kitchen, I could find something that mimics the flavors of pumpkin pie. The great news- I mixed the spices and sugar and had my teenage daughter take a taste, and she declared that I had made pumpkin spice. When your 17 year old confirms pumpkin spice flavor, you know you have won.

These walnuts made a delicious addition to the salad. I also discovered that they make an addictive snack. So much so, that I needed to relocate the bowl away from where I was working. I’m hoping you find them as tasty as I did!

Pumpkin Spice Walnuts

An addictive snack or flavorful salad topping


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Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
15 min

Total Time
20 min

Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
15 min

Total Time
20 min

Ingredients
  1. 5 tsp. sugar
  2. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  3. 1/2 tsp. allspice
  4. 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  5. 1 egg white
  6. 1 cup walnut halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Combine sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves in a small bowl. Stir well
  3. Beat egg white in a medium-sized bowl. Add walnuts, tossing to coat.
  4. Sprinkle with approximately half of the pumpkin spice mixture and mix well.
  5. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Transfer coated walnuts to baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until coating on walnuts is dry.
Notes
  1. Use the extra pumpkin spice to top toast or flavor coffee!
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